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Disism = Charles Rice Goff III & Killr "Mark" Kaswan
1 The Rugs Are Green
2 The Typical Swinger
3 The Scattered Brotherhood
4 What Mere Words Can Never Say
5 Shiny Blood Scream
Recorded February 12th, 1995
Mark Kaswan Studio
Oakland, California, USA
Acoustic Guitar, Electronic Guitar, Various Pedal Sound Effects, Various Guitar Preparations, Modified Casio SA-5 Keyboard, Modified Casio KA-20 Keyboard, Cello, Trombone, Voices, Vocal Sounds, Flutes, Whistles, Tongue Drums, Paddle Ball Drum, Monkey Drum, Various Shakers, Applause Generator
The five recordings that make up "Berlin Way" are all improvised collages, created live without overdubs. Instruments and non-instruments were routed through various mixers into a stereo cassette recorder to produce a bright and vibrant sound. In retrospect, the extensive percussion and Casio keyboard segments in these recordings could be viewed as precursors to the contents of Disism's 2012 albums: "A Fantastic Array Of Oceans" and "Casiotopia." The album title: "Berlin Way," has nothing to do with Berlin, Germany, nor the Berlin School style of electronic music. Instead, it is taken from the Oakland, California, street on which Kaswan's studio was located in 1995. This is the only Disism album recorded at this location.
Berlin Way is Volume Eight of the Disism reDIScovery series of audio recordings. Disism was founded in 1985 by Charles Rice Goff III and Killr "Mark" Kaswan. There was no such term as Disism in 1985, when Goff and Kaswan made it up to represent their brand of non-genre music. Between 1986 and 1993, Disism released nine cassette albums to the public. The next public Disism release was a CDR, recorded and produced in 2002. In 2012, Disism met in Kansas City, Kansas, to record several on-site improvisations, producing three CDRs from their rejuvenated efforts. Disism met again in Kansas City in 2014 to create an album of electronic collage music. Over the many years that Disism has been in existence, some recordings of live performances and brief out takes from improvised recordings have been made public in various forms as well.
The Disism reDIScovery series was born in 2012, after Goff unearthed several cassette tapes of Disism in-studio improvisations and collages that had been recorded between 1988 and 1995. While a few brief portions of these tapes had been incorporated into Disism's official cassette releases, most of this recorded material had simply remained unheard and forgotten since its creation. Goff is responsible for editing these recordings into their current forms and for making them available to the public.
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by Taped Rugs Productions
Artwork by Justin Jackley
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